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An employee works in a textile factory in Huaibei, east China's Anhui province on Thursday. China's manufacturing activity expanded at its strongest pace in seven months in October, British banking giant HSBC said, adding to evidence the world's second-largest economy is recovering.

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A textile factory worker in Huaibei, in east China’s Anhui province, on Thursday

Palestinian factory workers rest inside ...Palestinian factory workers rest inside concrete pipes as they wait for the start of a working day in Gaza City on October 23, 2013. AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABEDMOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images

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Palestinian factory workers rest inside concrete pipes as they wait for the start of a working day in Gaza City on Wednesday. Read more

Factory fire kills at least nine in Bangladesh

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People watch the rescue operation from outside the factory after a devastating fire at the dyeing section of two-storey Aswad Composite Mills at Maona, Gazipur, Bangladesh. At least nine people were killed when a fire broke out at an apparel factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh.

Steam from the Verso paper mill is backlit by the light of the setting moon in this time-exposure, Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, in Bucksport, Maine. Verso makes coated papers used by publications such as catalogs and magazines.

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Steam from the Verso paper mill is backlit by the light of the setting moon in this time-exposure on Friday in Bucksport, Maine. Verso makes coated papers used by publications such as catalogs and magazines.

A worker operates in the blast furnace at ArcelorMittal's steel plant in Ostrava, Czech Republic. ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, said steel shipments will rise 1 percent to 2 percent this year compared with an earlier forecast of 2 percent in May.

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A worker operates in the blast furnace at ArcelorMittal‘s steel plant in Ostrava, Czech Republic. ArcelorMittal, the world’s biggest steelmaker, said shipments of the metal would rise 1 per cent to 2 per cent this year compared with an earlier forecast in May of 2 per cent.

 A worker selects the finest tobacco leaves at Rizona Baru cigar factory on July 12, 2013 in Temanggung, central Java,  Indonesia. Rizona Baru cigar factory was builth on 1910 by Oo Tjong Han a chinese immigrant who live in Temanggung. Everyday the factory could produce 3000 cigars which are manually crafted by the skilled hands of the workers, who are mostly women.

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A worker selects the finest tobacco leaves at the Rizona Baru cigar factory on Friday in Temanggung, Central Java, Indonesia. The factory, which was built in 1910 by a Chinese immigrant Oo Tjong Han, produces 3,000 cigars a month, handmade by the mostly women employees.

A woman cleans Guy Fawkes masks at a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo...A woman cleans Guy Fawkes masks, used by many demonstrators in protests around the world and in the recent wave of demonstrations in Brazil, at a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo near Rio de Janeiro June 28, 2013. The masks are manufactured for sale to stores specializing in costumes. Demonstrators in Brazil gathered this week to continue the growing protest that is tapping into widespread anger at poor public services, mainly health, education and transport.    REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes (BRAZIL - Tags: SOCIETY CIVIL UNREST POLITICS TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A woman cleans Guy Fawkes masks, used by many demonstrators in protests around the world including Brazil, at a factory assembly line in Sao Goncalo near Rio de Janeiro on Friday. Read more

Relatives of victims attend prayer after paying tribute to Building collapse victims...epa03709552 Relatives of the victims cry as they attend prayer and paying tribute to the victims of a building collapse at the graveyard at Jurain in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 21 May 2013. Over 290 unclaimed bodies were burried after the DNA samples were taken while 1,127 workers died after the eight-story building Rana Plaza, which mostly housed garment factories, collapsed in Savar on 24 April 2012.  EPA/ABIR ABDULLAH

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Relatives attend prayer at the Jurain graveyard in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Tuesday and pay tribute to the victims of the Rana Plaza building collapse. More than 290 unclaimed bodies were buried. The death total was 1,127 after the eight-story building, which mostly housed garment factories, collapsed in Savar on April 24. Read more

Afghan confectioners work at a traditional sweets factory in Herat on May 14, 2013. Some nine million Afghans or 36 percent of the population are living in "absolute poverty" while another 37 percent live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report.

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Afghan confectioners work at a traditional sweets factory in Herat. Some 9 million Afghans or 36 per cent of the population are living in “absolute poverty”, while another 37 per cent live barely above the poverty line, according to a UN report.

An army soldier takes part in a special prayer in front of the damaged site after the end of the rescue work after 20 days following the Rana Plaza building collapsed in Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 14 May 2013. Reports state that the death toll rose to over 1,127 and 2,438 people rescued alive after the eight-storey building Rana Plaza, which mostly housed garment factories, collapsed on 24 April 2012.

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An army soldier takes part in a special prayer in front of the damaged site in Bangladesh as 20 days of rescue work comes to an end following the building ‘s collapse in Savar, Dhaka, on April 24. The eight-story Rana Plaza mostly housed garment factories and reports state that the death toll rose to more than 1,127, while 2,438 people were rescued alive.